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Voluntary night prayer

"Voluntary night prayer" is different from the obligatory five prayers that any Muslim must perform each day. Although a Muslim is not punished for neglecting to perform voluntary prayers, there are numerous Koranic verses and also traditions by the Prophet and the Imams (PBUT) attesting to the excellence and worth of voluntary prayers, especially the voluntary night prayer; some of them are as follows: "And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, 'Peace!';Those who spend the night in adoration of their Lord prostrate and standing" (Al-Furqan [The Differentiator]: 63-64); "O thou folded in garments! Stand (to prayer) by night, but not all night, half of it, or a little less, Or a little more; and recite the Qur'an in slow, measured rhythmic tones. Soon shall We send down to thee a weighty Message. Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise)" (Al-Muzzammil [Enfolded]: 1-6).

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